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Passage Reading and English Comprehension

Old woman," grumbled the burly white man who had just heard Sojourner Truth speak, "do you think your talk about slavery does any good? I don't care any more for your talk than I do for the bite of a flea."

The tall, imposing black woman turned her piercing eyes on him. "Perhaps not," she answered, "but I'll keep you scratching."

The little incident of the 1840s sums up all that Sojourner Truth was: utterly dedicated to spreading her message, afraid of no one, and both forceful and witty in speech.

Yet 40 years earlier, who could have suspected that a spindly slave girl growing up in a damp cellar in upstate New York would become one of the most remarkable women in American history? Her name then was Isabella Baumfree, and by the time she was 14 years old she had seen both parents die of cold and hunger. She herself had been sold several times. By 1827, when New York freed its slaves, she had married and given birth to four children.

The first hint of Isabella's fighting spirit came soon afterwards, when her youngest son was illegally seized and sold. She marched to the courthouse and badgered officials until her son was returned to her.

In 1843, inspired by religion, she changed her name to Sojourner (meaning "one who stays briefly") Truth and, with only pennies in her purse, set out to preach against slavery. From New England to Minnesota she trekked, gaining a reputation for her plain but powerful and moving words. Incredibly, despite being black and female (only white males were expected to be public speakers), she drew thousands to town halls, tents, and churches to hear her powerful, deep-voiced pleas on equality for blacks-and for women. Often she had to face threatening hoodlums. Once she stood before armed bullies and sang a hymn to them. Awed by her courage and her commanding presence, they sheepishly retreated.

During the Civil War she cared for homeless ex-slaves in Washington, D.C. President Lincoln invited her to the White House to bestow praise on her. Later, she petitioned Congress to help former slaves get land in the West. Even in her old age, she forced the city of Washington, D.C. to integrate its trolley cars so that black and white passengers could ride together.

Shortly before her death at the age of 86, she was asked what kept her going. "I think of the great things," replied Sojourner.

1313. The imposing black woman promised to keep the white man...

(a) Searching
(b) Crying
(c) Hollering
(d) Scratching

1314. This incident occurred in the...

(a) 1760s
(b) 1900s
(c) 1840s
(d) 1700s

1315. Sojourner Truth was raised in a damp cellar in...

(a) New York
(b) Georgia
(c) New Jersey
(d) Idaho

1316. Isabella lost both parents by the time she was...

(a) 27 years old
(b) 2 years old
(c) 7 years old
(d) 14 years old

1317. When New York freed its slaves, Isabella had...

(a) Problems
(b) No children
(c) Four children
(d) An education

1318. Her change in name was inspired by...

(a) A fighting spirit
(b) Religion
(c) Her freedom
(d) Officials

1319. She traveled from New England to...

(a) Canada
(b) California
(c) Minnesota
(d) Alaska

1320. She forced the city of Washington, D.C. to...

(a) Integrate its trolleys
(b) Give land grants
(c) Care for ex-slaves
(d) Provide food for ex-slaves

1321. She preached against...

(a) Smoking
(b) Slavery
(c) Alcohol
(d) Hoodlums

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